Women of the late 1940s who took up arms to oppose the dictator Francisco Franco are joined by María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, vice-president of Spain 2004-2010. Fernández de la Vega is noted for her work against domestic violence and her support for same-sex marriage.
The background pattern pays tribute to the intricate geometries of Spain’s Mudéjar craftwork. Outlined in mauve embroidery is a circle-and-triangle symbol, suggesting both the ancient Western Mediterranean goddess Tanit and Her successors, the Black Madonnas of the Christian era.
Duendes (similar to elves or leprechauns) and hadas (nature-dwelling female spirits) abound in Spain. They are not manifest in this work, but we may take the golden thread as a token of their presence.